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Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs)

Each month we will update this page to highlight newly released final reports and information on new and emerging hazards we are evaluating. Check back often to see what we are up to!

What's New

Evaluation of Federal Poultry Inspectors Exposures to Chemical Disinfectants
HHE Program investigators found low levels of peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid on inspectors working in the evisceration area. We recommended the employer provide refresher training on the prevention of slips, trips, and falls, and discontinue use of latex gloves. To read the full report go to:

Recommendations Provided to Control Dust Exposures in a Spice Shop
As some spice dusts have been reported to be allergens and finding spice dust exposures to employees grinding, blending, and mixing spices, HHE Program investigators recommended installing local exhaust ventilation, improving work practices, and requiring respirator use until local exhaust is installed. To read the full report go to:

2016 Health Hazard Evaluation Program Annual Report
The NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Program is pleased to share the 2016 annual report. The report includes summaries of interesting projects and other highlights of our year. We hope the report stimulates conversations about who the HHE Program is and how we make a difference for the health and safety of employees throughout the United States. A link to the annual report is available here:

New HHE Video Series Shows What Happens on a Site Visit
Ever wonder what happens when the Health Hazard Evaluation team visits a workplace? Watch 3 new HHE videos to get a glimpse into our activities. Each video shows a different type of testing or sampling conducted in a workplace and reactions from the employer and employees.